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Current state K-12 funding safe only to a point

Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday he isn’t considering more budget cuts, though tax collections were $67 million short of estimates for the first three months of the fiscal year. That could leave, in one unofficial estimate, just $11 million in reserves in June 2016 – too close for comfort, and likely to go lower if revenues don’t rebound. Some leading legislators have said that K-12 schools needn’t worry, because a session-ending bill barred the governor from cutting their funding. But the prohibition only applies if the state’s ending balance is between zero and $100 million. Where will the governor cut if the state is headed into the red? – Rhonda Holman